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Joseph Palamara (Dist. 15)

Joe Palamara is a lifelong resident of the Downriver area and a 1971 graduate of Wyandotte Roosevelt High School. He attended Michigan State University on an Evans (caddy) Scholarship, and in 1975 he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business. In 1985, Joe received his juris doctorate degree from the Detroit College of Law, and has been licensed to practice law in Michigan for more than 30 years.

While at Michigan State University, Joe was a walk-on member of the baseball team. In his senior year, Joe led the Spartans in hitting, received his team's Sportsmanship Award and was named to the All-Big Ten and All-America teams as a second baseman. He serves as a member of the Michigan Association of Counties Board of Directors and is a lifetime member of the Michigan State University Varsity Alumni Club. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and a former member of the Aerotropolis Executive Board.

The Democrat was first elected to serve Downriver residents as a state representative in 1984, and he served for seven terms in the Michigan House of Representatives until term limits first took effect. In 1998, Palamara was elected to the Wayne County Commission, where he currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, and also sits on the Economic Development and Government Operations committees. He is an ardent champion of the Downriver communities in District 15, which include Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.

During his tenure as an elected official, he served as the Master of Ceremonies during President Bill Clinton's visit to Wyandotte. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the Detroit College of Law (now at Michigan State University) and at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

A Grosse Ile resident, Joe and his wife have three children and four grandchildren.

Representing: Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.
Staff: Karen Pitts - (313) 224-0880
Fax: (313) 967-1241

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Commissioner Joseph Palamara's Fall 2017 newsletter
Commissioner Joseph Palamara's Fall 2017 newsletter
Monday, October 30, 2017
Commissioner Joseph Palamara serves the 15th District, which covers Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.
Commissioner Joseph Palamara's fall 2016 newsletter.
Commissioner Joseph Palamara's fall 2016 newsletter.
Monday, October 03, 2016
Commissioner Joseph Palamara represents the 15th District, which covers Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Rivervew, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.
Commissioner Joseph Palamara's summer 2016 newsletter
Commissioner Joseph Palamara's summer 2016 newsletter
Monday, June 20, 2016
Commissioner Joseph Palamara represents the 15th District, which covers Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Rivervew, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.
Commission approves $1 million to help build boat dock, fishing pier at International Wildlife Refuge
Commission approves $1 million to help build boat dock, fishing pier at International Wildlife Refuge
Thursday, November 05, 2015
A major addition to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway in Trenton and Gibraltar is one step closer to reality.
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced countywide budget for 2015-16 fiscal year
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced countywide budget for 2015-16 fiscal year
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 Sept. 17 to approve a $1.56 billion balanced budget for Wayne County for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
Commission awards contract for long-awaited West Jefferson bridge repairs over Rouge River
Commission awards contract for long-awaited West Jefferson bridge repairs over Rouge River
Friday, July 17, 2015
After more than a two-year wait, relief is in sight for residents and business owners in River Rouge and southwest Detroit.